Russia PM: new U.S. sanctions amount to 'full-scale trade war'

Russia PM: new U.S. sanctions amount to 'full-scale trade war'

U.S. bipartisan political pressure forced President Donald Trump to sign anti-Russia sanctions into law, but the president is unlikely to heed calls to take an even more confrontational stance with Moscow and may even try to quickly fix relations, analysts told Sputnik.

US President Donald Trump reluctantly signed off on new sanctions against Russia Wednesday, bowing to domestic pressure and putting efforts to improve ties with the Kremlin in peril.

In addition to the Crimea measures, the European Union imposed damaging economic sanctions against Russia after the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine in July 2014, blamed by the European Union on pro-Russian rebels. "Unless a miracle happens", the law will affect US-Russian relations for decades, Medvedev wrote.

Iran said the new sanctions violated the nuclear deal and it would respond in an "appropriate and proportional" manner.

"We're doing a lot of interviews tomorrow - generals, dictators, we have everything", Trump says in the tape, obtained and published by in November.

"We consider this as being against global law, plain and simple", German Economic Minister Brigitte Zypries said Monday. He will not be able to remove the sanctions without permission from Congress, and that is unlikely to come. "A non-systemic player has to be removed".

But key Republican and Democratic lawmakers said that weakening congressional review was not on the table when they were finalizing the legislation.




Every president since John Adams, the second president of the United States, has resided at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Trump has signed into law a measure placing sanctions on Iran, Russia and North Korea, a White House official said Wednesday. It was ridiculous. It was confrontational.

Notwithstanding the multiple investigations and the cloud that Russian interference has cast over Trump's presidency so far, the two leaders have seemed to be developing a friendly relationship.

"He [Trump] really had no choice, he was stuck with it... there is no way that he could overwrite it". They included policy declarations that he said he agreed with but asserted were for presidents, not Congress, to decide. "The president opposes the trade war, and yet he is forced into one", Black noted.

Meanwhile, the Russian Foreign Ministry released a statement, saying Moscow will take counter-measures in response to the new U.S. bans, which it described as short-sighted and a risk to global stability.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson echoed the president's sentiments that the measure poses more diplomatic hindrances than solutions.

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